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Engineering Podcasts – PII Podcast

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'PII Podcast' is the official podcast of Process Industry Informer. A series sees host Dave Howell discuses the latest technologies and future insights throughout the manufacturing process industries. Process Industry Informer is an independent publisher, originally launched in 1994 as Process Products, and is on a mission to...

Geometrically baffling ‘quasicrystals’ found in the debris of the first-ever nuclear blast

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Nuclear detonations unleash an astonishing amount of destructive force. But the extreme pressure and temperature that they generate also makes nuclear blasts a cauldron of chemical creation, capable of delivering new and surprising scientific discoveries. In the 1950s, for instance, scientists examining debris from US hydrogen bomb tests...

Is this the first ever living, programmable organism?

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Not bot, not beast: scientists create first ever living, programmable organism A remarkable combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and biology has produced the world’s first “living robots”. This week, a research team of roboticists and scientists published their recipe for making a new lifeform called xenobots from stem...

Nobel Prize In Chemistry – Scientists who created a rechargeable world awarded Nobel Prize

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Three pioneers of the lithium-ion battery revolution - John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino - have been made Nobel laureates for developments that sparked a portable tech revolution. The three of them are responsible for the development of the now-ubiquitous lithium-ion battery. The development...

Could a mix of wood fibre and spider silk rival plastic?

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A new though, flexible, and biodegradable material, made with wood glucose and spider silk, could be the next breakthrough in material science. Developed by scientists from Aalto University and the VTT VTT Technical Research Center of Finland the new material looks set to hit the sweet spot of...

New tech harnesses energy by mixing freshwater and seawater

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Engineers at Stanford have created a new battery made from affordable and durable materials which can generate energy in places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The new tech could make coastal wastewater treatment plants - like the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant in Los Angeles pictured above -...